Essential Oil Of The Week: Jatamansi

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This week’s essential oil, Jatamansi, has a rich history. Jatamansi oil is distilled from the roots of the perennial flowering plant of the same name that grows in the Alpine Himalayas. It has a sweet-woody scent, very earthy and damp. It reminds me a dank greenhouse. I personally think the fragrance is entrancing, but many people find it to be rather vile. It is in the same family as valerian, another fantastic herb for encouraging healthy sleep and calm nerves.

The name Jatamansi actually means “whose flesh is like a dread lock” because of the roots likeness to the matted locks of the ancient yogis and ascetics in the Himalayas. That’s pretty cool if you ask me.

Jatamansi has been used as both medicine and perfume for many thousands of years. Under the name “spikenard” it appears in the Bible as the type of oil that Mary Magdalene used to anoint Jesus’ feet.

It has a long history of use in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine, particularly for its incredibly balancing action on the doshas and powerfully rejuvenating effect on the mind.

Jatamansi is an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-spasmodic herb that produces a grounding and sedating quality, which can effectively treat anxiety, insomnia and nervous indigestion. It is a very beneficial nerve tonic for those persons undergoing great stress and experiencing exhaustion of the nervous system. It is healing for headaches, PMS, hormonal imbalance and dysmenorrhea.

The use of this oil can soothe emotional upheaval and help restore a sense of connection when feeling overwhelmed or out of touch with one’s self/body. It supports inner and outer balance, and can evoke feelings of forgiveness and compassion.

This oil is one of my most relied-upon because it can really, and instantly, trigger a feeling of deep calm and relaxation. It is incredibly tranquilizing when massaged on the crown of the head and/or the soles of the feet. Doing this before bed will promote meaningful dream states and healthy deep sleep.

The scent of this oil is so strong that I often just inhale straight from the bottle. I also enjoy putting a few drops in an evening bath to help me unwind, but also because it’s soothing for dry and itchy skin.

Love and Blessings,

Frances

 

 

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